Sydney FC caps outstanding season with A-League title


6:42 a.m. ET May 7, 2017

SYDNEY (AP) — Sydney FC capped an outstanding season with a grand final win Sunday over the Melbourne Victory, winning 4-2 on penalties after the teams played through extra time level 1-1.

Melbourne took the lead through a Besart Berisha strike in the 20th minute, but Sydney’s Rhyan Grant equalized with a 69th minute tap-in.

Victory captain Carl Valeri and Marcos Rojas missed penalties in the shootout before Milos Ninkovic clinched the title for Sydney.

Eleven players were issued yellow cards during the tense encounter before a sellout crowd of 40,000 at Sydney Football Stadium.

Sydney FC broke records on the way to winning the Premiers’ Plate — 66 points from 27 games, a record points tally. It also broke the record for biggest margin between first and second, sitting 17 points ahead of the second-place Victory.

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